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Randy Newman weighs in on Putin, science vs. religion and more in new 'Dark Matter' album

As one of pop’s master satirist-humorists, it’s likely no surprise that for his first studio album in nine years, songwriter/composer Randy Newman has set his artistic crosshairs on Russian President Vladimir Putin. After all, this is the artist who inspired anger and protests with “Short People,” his 1977 sendup of racism. Earlier, in a takedown of duplicitous foreign policy in ...

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On the Road With 'Dark Knight' Composer Hans Zimmer

The last time Hans Zimmer was a touring musician, it was around the time Margaret Thatcher took office. Having moved from Germany to England for school as a teenager, opting out of college and having no more formal music training than two weeks of childhood piano lessons, he was playing keyboards for Krakatoa, an ultimately unsigned hard rock band. Related

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